Fixed-spool reels are without question the best type of reel to use for legenng. Of the two types of fixed-spool reel, the standard open-faced reel is better for legenng than the closed-face reel. Some closed-face reels have no facility for backwinding and this is necessary when legering for both adjusting bite indicator settings and playing large fish.
When legcring with a fixed-spool reel it is important to have the anti-reverse lever engaged when striking. If you fail to do this the force of the strike will cause the reel to backwind and line will be released from the reel reducing the impact of the strike, resulting in the hook failing to penetrate the fish’s mouth. Whilst legcring for powerful, large species of fish such as barbel and carp, the clutch on the reel should be very carefully set before fishing. After tackling up you should fasten your line to a fence post or some other solid object and walk some distance away, paying out line as you go. Close the bale arm, engage the anti-reverse check on your reel and tighten up on the object to which you have fastened your line. Bend the rod by heaving on the rod handle as if you were applying pressure to a big fish and adjust the clutch so that line is paid out well before the breaking point of the line is reached. This is a safety measure so that if you strike far too enthusiastically into a big fish, the clutch will slip and prevent the line snapping. As soon as you strike into a fish when legcring, release the anti-reverse lever on the reel so that you can backwind when a fish makes a powerful run. By backwinding and setting the clutch you have two measures for preventing a powerful fish from breaking the line.